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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-28-2016, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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Fancy Feast classic

Can someone tell me with Fancy Feast why is that everyone recommends the Classic only. How is the classic better than the grilled or flaked?
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Also what do you guys think of Sheba vs Fancy Feast?
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Hi Jake -

Fancy Feast Classic is grain-free, unlike their other varieties.

NOTE - this does not make it a GREAT food, since it still has "meat by-products" and fillers.

However, for times when people cannot afford the more expensive grain-free canned foods, or when you have a cat like mine, who has many health issues and sometimes loses her appetite and will ONLY eat Fancy Feast, the Classic line is a gift from the kitty gods.

I keep Fancy Feast Classic on-hand for the days when my cat feels ill as she will ALWAYS eat it, no matter how bad she feels, but I don't feed it to her constantly - she's on a raw diet otherwise - I'm fortunate that I can afford it.

If I had to choose between Sheba and FF Classic as a sole food - I'd go with FF Classic because I know FF Classic and have used it before. Looking over the Sheba pate flavors, though - they don't look too bad overall - they're also grain-free.


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Fancy feast is imported into Australia and I looking at ingredients yesterday and it does say contains cereals. I found two better options at the grocery store here but grain free is a big deal down here. Do you have purr there? Ours is made in Thailand but seems to be the better option here. A lot of sites will list ingredients, just remember more expensive isn't always better either. Like hills science has a lot of fillers too.
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It is usually denser than the gravy types which makes it more filling and thus more economical. I feed it to most of my wet food eating cats as they like it more than the other brands.

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This makes sense.

Too bad seafood is a no-no for cats because Fancy Feasts seafood varieties seem to have a lot less meat by products. Most of the classic line 1st or 2nd ingredient is meat by products while the seafood varieties meat by products are like the 4th or 5th ingredient and some don't have it at all.

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Some folks here tout FF as a lower cost, OK alternative because it's grain and wheat gluten free. But here's what else you need to know about FF:

FF does not use human quality ingredients. That means it uses ingredients rejected for human consumption. Sometimes the rejection is just for cosmetic reasons. But more often they are using 4D animals. This means that the chickens that have been sick or dead on the truck for hours or days when they arrive at the slaughter house become pet food. Animal slaughtered and found to have a tumor in it's stomach becomes pet food. Meats that have not been handled properly (temperature control, bacteria control etc.) become pet food. Ingredients that are moldy or insect infested become pet food.

FF uses meat by products. I don't have an issue with by products in general...animals normally eat stuff that we consider disgusting...it's part of their natural diet. I do have an issue with not knowing what animal it's coming from. If your cat begins to have allergy issues you have no idea where to start an elimination diet. And some of the stuff that goes into meat by-products has no nutritional value at all because it's not really digestible.

FF contains artificial flavors which are often carcinogenic. It contains artificial colors which have also been linked to cancer, allergies and behavioral issues in humans. It's not a far stretch to believe it would also affect a cat in the same manner.

Sodium Nitrite is also a carcinogen and it can cause a condition that prevents red blood cells from transporting oxygen through the body.

FF has stated their ingredients may be "world sourced" which means there's a pretty good chance at least some of it is coming from China.

Basically, I'd much prefer to give my cats a food with human grade ingredients and a little oatmeal or barley in it than the potentially toxic ingredients in FF.

Not as much info available on Sheba but from what I can tell it looks pretty much on par with FF but they don't use artificial flavors or sodium nitrite...so it's a slightly better food.


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I'd be thrilled if "a little oatmeal or barley" was actually the case with some of the so-called higher-quality foods, but sometimes the grains are the second or third ingredient, with fruits and vegetables thrown in so it looks "great" to us humans (we love what sounds like a healthy, complete meal!) but those things are useless nutritionally for cats. Weruva's second ingredient is potato starch. Soulistic's third is pumpkin. Sure, pumpkin is nice, it's fiber, helps digestion, and it's not a carcinogenic. But my cat isn't getting any nutrition from it, either.

I'm not happy with the by-products and other ingredients in FF either, but I'm not going to bash on Fancy Feast Classic when it's the only thing my 18-year-old will eat on certain days. Am I going to feed it to her as her only food? No. Would I feed it to any new cat I get in the future? No. If I was a poor college student who was subsisting on ramen myself, would I feed it to my cat versus, say, Friskies or Iams? Yes.

We do have to make personal choices in regards to cat food, and I'm okay with occasionally feeding Fancy Feast Classic to my geriatric cat rather than risk her not eating anything.


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Everyone makes their choices about what food to feed based on their own needs, be it financial limitations, what the cat will or won't eat etc. But they should make those choices based on all the facts and not have FF represented as if the only difference between FF and a high end food is the inclusion of meat by-products.

While a cat doesn't have any need for carbs in their diet, it doesn't mean that they can't utilize them at all. Cats can use proteins to build muscle and provide energy. But they have the enzymes to digest carbs and can easily convert carbs to energy. The problem comes when a cat is given too many carbs...they end up storing the excess as fat and in some cases it causes digestive issues. I've read varying numbers but it seems that cats can process and utilize a diet that is 10-15% carbs to provide energy needs.

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Weruva's second ingredient is potato starch.
Yet Weruva's Paw Lickin' Chicken carb content is 3.9% on a dry matter basis and FF Classic Chicken is 6.8%.


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